Plant Operations (Construction)

Plant Operations (Construction)
SQA’s portfolio of QCF qualifications in Plant Operations includes both competence- and knowledge-based qualifications at QCF Level 2.  The relevant SQA codes are detailed below.
 
The NVQ Certificates and Diplomas are competence-based qualifications which are designed to provide learners with an opportunity to demonstrate, in a real workplace environment, that they are competent against a set of performance statements.
 
There are also knowledge-based Certificates and Diplomas that tend to be carried out in an 'off-the-job' training environment.  This will provide learners with the opportunity to develop the underpinning Knowledge and Understanding associated with the job role whilst also allowing the learners to practice the practical skills needed to perform the job role effectively.
 
The Certificates and Diplomas are based on the National Occupational Standards for Plant Operations and can be used as part of an apprenticeship or as stand-alone qualifications to develop competences or to progress to further professional/academic qualifications.
 
Qualification Title Type Ofqual Code SQA code
SQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) Competence 600/3386/1 GE28 66
SQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) Competence 600/3388/5 GE27 68
SQA Level 2 Certificate in Plant Operations  — General Construction Knowledge 600/2724/1 GD3R 54
SQA Level 2 Diploma in Plant Operations  — General (Construction) Knowledge 600/2679/0 GD3M 60
SQA Level 2 Diploma in Plant Operations  — Highways Maintenance/Utilities (Construction) Knowledge 600/2703/4 GD3P 60

Who does this qualification suit

The competence-based qualifications are aimed at experienced workers in Plant Operations (Construction Civil Engineering and related trades), seeking to develop their competence and improve their skills and knowledge.

The knowledge-based qualifications are primarily aimed at apprentices in Plant Operations (Construction Civil Engineering and related trades),  seeking to develop their skills and knowledge.

The qualifications are suitable for apprentices, and are registered on the Apprenticeship framework in Construction Civil Engineering (Plant Operations) at Level 2. 

Progression

These qualifications can lead to employment within the construction industry, particularly through Level 2 Apprenticeships.

They provide invaluable practical experience to learners who aspire to the more technical professions in Plant Operations.

For learners aspiring to supervisory roles, the qualification can also lead to supervisory qualifications including Occupational Work Supervision.

Approval

Information regarding the centre approval process is available from SQA's Business Development team.

How to assess

The structure of these qualifications allows for a high degree of flexibility in assessment.

Competence-based Certificates and Diplomas

Direct evidence produced through normal performance in the workplace is the main source of assessment for the NVQ Certificate and Diploma. This includes naturally occurring documentary evidence (hard copy and electronic), direct observation of activities, and witness testimony.

For all Units, assessment is based primarily on practical activities and, where possible, holistic assessment is encouraged — particularly the integration of assessment for the mandatory Units covering health and safety, and efficient working practices with those covering job-specific activities. For example, preparing and operating reach trucks to lift and transfer loads, and preparing for and arranging and securing plant for haulage.

The focus should be on assessing activities generated by the whole work experience rather than focusing on specific tasks, or individual Units.

Knowledge-based Certificate and Diplomas

Assessment of learners’ Knowledge and Understanding will be undertaken through practical assignments and question-based activities undertaken in the training environment.

Holistic assessment is encouraged — particularly the integration of assessment for the mandatory Units covering health and safety, efficient working practices and slinging and signalling the movement of loads with those covering job-specific activities.

The focus should be on assessing activities generated across the training programme rather than focusing on specific tasks, or individual Units.

The full training specification for these qualifications is contained in the SQA Training and Assessment Programme (TAP) for Plant Operations (Construction).

Qualification content and delivery tools

Structure

The structure of the qualifications allows for a high degree of flexibility in delivery. They are work-based qualifications normally achieved over a minimum period of 18 months.

SQA Level 2 NVQ (competence-based) Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction)

The Level 2 Certificate involves practical work-related tasks, for example preparing and operating various types of plant.

Learners must complete 17 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 57 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 2 NVQ (competence-based) Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction)

The Level 2 Diploma involves practical work-related tasks, for example transporting loads.

Learners must complete 45 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 150 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 2 (knowledge-based) Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) — General Construction

The Level 2 Certificate involves practical work-related tasks and the underpinning knowledge to undertake them effectively, for example preparing and operating a forward tipping dumper to receive and transport loads — wheeled or tracked.

Learners must complete 36 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 360 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 2 (knowledge-based) Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) — General

The Level 2 Diploma involves practical work-related tasks and the underpinning knowledge to undertake them effectively, for example slinging and signalling the movement of loads.

Learners must complete 38 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 380 guided learning hours.

SQA Level 2 (knowledge-based) Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) — Highways Maintenance/Utilities

The Level 2 Diploma involves practical work-related tasks and the underpinning knowledge to undertake them effectively, for example preparing and operating a ride on roller to compact material.

Learners must complete 42 credits drawn from mandatory Units. On completion, the learner will have achieved a minimum of 420 guided learning hours.

Arrangements Documents

Learner Guidance & Portfolio

Unit and Assessment Specifications / Assessment Guidance

Unit and Assessment Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Any Other Information

Other qualifications offered by SQA relating to Certificate/Diploma in Plant Operations

SQA offers a complete suite of Street Works qualifications for operatives and supervisors working on the roads/highways - www.sqa.org.uk/streetworks

These Street Works qualifications meet the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSW) which requires work involving the installation, renewal, maintenance and inspection of underground apparatus in the highway to be under the control of competent persons who are in possession of a valid Street Works card. Qualifications are delivered through SQA approved centres.

CPCS

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the largest and most highly recognised single skills card scheme for the plant sector of the construction industry. The scheme provides certification for plant operatives and associated operations for UK construction and allied industries to prove workers' operating skills and health and safety awareness.

The Plant Operator certification process is supported by CPCS Testers and CPCS Trainers, who in turn are certified as trained and competent by CPCS.

Membership of the Scheme is voluntary, but is mandatory on many construction sites and other work environments.